Lance Armstrong pulls out of interview at Dublin One Zero conference
Legal reasons cited ahead of Federal court case ruling brought against him on behalf of the US Postal Service
The sudden withdrawal of Lance Armstrong from Friday evening’s One Zero event in Dublin has robbed the sport and tech conference of its headline act although refunds are not being made available to ticket holders.
The American cyclist, stripped of his seven Tour de France wins in 2012, was scheduled to be the final keynote speaker at the day-long event at the RDS, only to confirm his withdrawal late on Thursday evening citing legal reasons.
Touted as a “fireside” chat with Armstrong, with “all the cards on the table”, the RDS event was limited to a capacity 1,000 and was certainly not cheap: €175 for general admission, €475 for premium seating, and €775 for the VIP package.
Armstrong had been contracted to speak at the event since August, but according to statement from the event organisers, cancelled on “the advice of his legal team” due to the upcoming “Federal court case brought against him on behalf of the US Postal Service.”
“We are extremely disappointed that Armstrong has withdrawn at the last minute from appearing at One Zero,” said co-founder of One Zero, Rob Hartnett. “He has let us down, he has let his fans down and his has let down those that wanted to hear him openly discuss his past and the future of sport”.
Armstrong has spoken previously about the $100m lawsuit, filed by former team-mate Floyd Landis, on the defrauding of the US Postal Service. Armstrong has admitted he’ll be “out on the street” if US District Judge Christopher Cooper rules against him.